HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Huntsville soup kitchen has moved to a new location.
The Rose of Sharon’s renovated new facility will help expand its services to those in need.
It's moved from North Memorial Parkway to Arcadia Circle, which is not far off Church Street- right behind WAFF 48 News!
"The change in venue is because the Rose of Sharon was condemned, the building actually itself. So we actively started looking for a new place and we found this spot. It's tucked away with some land and it's 2000 square feet bigger than the last building," explained Theresa Wilson, CEO & Owner of Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen.
Wilson and her team have been working long hours six days a week to get everything in order. They hope to have everything up and running by June 1st.
The building has been empty for three years so crews have been busy painting and installing flooring and getting the kitchen built. A sink has been donated and Wilson’s husband has been putting in counter tops, which he donated. A sectional couch has been donated for a living space and there will also be a kid’s area.
Two Men and a Truck moved crates containing 5000 cans for free- a big push to help feed the hungry in Huntsville and Madison County.
“We serve like a restaurant. No one goes through a line and it’s good home-cooked food. This establishment has a shower and we’re going to have a washer and dryer where people in the community can utilize those facilities,” Wilson explained. “And we’re going to have a corner where someone has donated four laptops and we’re going to have a little job area. We’ll assist them in doing applications, getting healthcare.”
The Rose of Sharon serves 4000 meals each month and on top of that, gives out 100 food boxes to those who don't have enough to eat.
“We’re not government funded so we rely on donations from the community to make this happen,” Wilson added. “It’s nice. It’s homey. We love our people and we can’t wait to get serving again.”
Volunteers are welcome at the site. You can also donate at roseofsharonsoupkitchen.org.